How To Stand Out At A New Job (And Fit In Too)

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2. Stop Complaining About Work

<img lazy-loadable=”true” src=”” id=”5e474″ class=”rm-shortcode” data-rm-shortcode-id=”R465ET1568338655″ data-rm-shortcode-name=”rebelmouse-image” alt=”Co-workers getting along at work” /><p>Unless you’re all sitting around releasing tension about the stress you all experience at work, it’s best if you don’t bring up negative things about the workplace.</p><p>You might be stressed but that’s no reason to dump all your frustrations on your co-workers. There are different <a href=”” target=”_blank”>strategies for handling stress</a> that don’t involve annoying the people you work with. After all, you’re all working for the same company. Even if you don’t really like the way things are done, some of your co-workers may have different opinions.</p>

3. Look For Common Ground

<img lazy-loadable=”true” src=”” id=”ed1aa” class=”rm-shortcode” data-rm-shortcode-id=”S671YO1568338655″ data-rm-shortcode-name=”rebelmouse-image” alt=”Two co-workers having a conversation on their break” /><p>A great way to find out more about your co-workers is to connect on social media. On Facebook, for instance, you can easily see what groups they’re in and what shows they watch.</p><p>You can start a conversation during downtime at work about any of these things. You can ask, “Who’s your favorite character on <em>The Walking Dead</em>?” or “Oh, your grandparents are from Ireland? Mine are, too.”</p><p>It may start out as small talk but it may also pave the way for a long-lasting friendship that goes beyond the workplace.</p>

4. Collaborate On Projects

<img lazy-loadable=”true” src=”” id=”e94b6″ class=”rm-shortcode” data-rm-shortcode-id=”SWDE9W1568338655″ data-rm-shortcode-name=”rebelmouse-image” alt=”Co-workers bond while collaborating on a project” /><p>Obviously, you can’t do everything alone. When working on a project, see which tasks you need help with. Seek out your co-workers’ guidance—the senior staff members, especially—because they often have a better or faster way of doing things. Identify your co-workers’ strengths and ask for their help on matters that need their expertise.</p><p>For instance, you can ask your office accountant to take a look at your financial report. You can say, “I need a fresh pair of eyes. Please have a look if you’re not busy.” Emphasize that you value your co-workers’ input but make it clear that you’re not totally dependent on them. You’ll earn their respect if you show that you’re capable and good at what you do.</p>

5. Share Credit; Don’t Hog All The Glory

<img lazy-loadable=”true” src=”” id=”48a20″ class=”rm-shortcode” data-rm-shortcode-id=”QE3UPJ1568338655″ data-rm-shortcode-name=”rebelmouse-image” alt=”Co-workers connecting and working together as a team” /><p>Don’t claim that you did everything, especially when you didn’t. For example, when your boss praises you for a good idea that didn’t actually come from you, you can say, “That wasn’t my idea, it was Kelly’s.”</p>

If you’re still apprehensive about being accepted by your co-workers, just remember to do your job efficiently and promptly. Then, top it off with being nice and sincere. You certainly can’t go wrong with that strategy.Looking to advance your career? Join our career growth club today!